Madisonville, KY - The City of Madisonville, in partnership with Baptist Health and the Hopkins County Tourist and Convention Commission, announces that the 13th anniversary of the free downtown concert series and street festival, Friday Night Live, kicks off on Friday, June 14th around the courthouse square in downtown Madisonville. This summer’s Friday Night Live event takes place on June 14th, July 12th, and August 9th with activities from 6 – 10 PM each evening.
Daron Jordan, Community Development Director for the City of Madisonville, stated “We are pleased to continue the partnership with Baptist Health and the Hopkins County Tourist and Convention Commission to present the 2013 edition of Friday Night Live. With these partnerships, we can continue to promote the downtown area as a place of community gathering and to grow this annual event. The community continues to support Friday Night Live and the popularity of the event continues to grow due to the formation of these collaborations. The partnerships underwrite the annual costs associated with hosting Friday Night Live and allow it to remain a free event.”
Jordan also stated, “Media and community partnership are also important to the success of the event and allow us to promote Friday Night Live throughout the region. The media and community partners that have signed on for the 2013 FNL series include - the Messenger, ESPN Radio 1310 AM, 106.9 FM WTTL, Howdy 97.7, Power Rock 93.9 WKTG, WFMW, SurfKY Newsgroup, and Hampton Inn & Suites. We still have some other organizations that are considering a partnership and we hope to announce those in the near future.”
The 2013 edition of Friday Night Live will include some of the favorite activities from previous years, including the Hopkins County UK Alumni 5K road race and 1 ½ mile fun walk in June, the Motorcycle Cruise-in and Show sponsored by the Hopkins County Central Archery Club in July, and the Classic Car Show organized by the Show-N-Go Car Club in August. In addition, the semi-final round of “Let Freedom Sing” competition sponsored by First United Bank will be held in June as will the Crime Stoppers annual campaign kick-off. Also, all three Friday Night Live events will feature the Fire Department’s Kids Obstacle Course, vendor booths, and a “Beer Garden” sponsored by the Madisonville Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce.
This year’s entertainment will have some familiar groups return as “Barry Potter and the Hoscats”, “Ray Ligon”, and “The Pat Ballard Band” will all perform in June. In addition, Hopkins Countian “Boscoe France”, the 2012 Guitar Center Battle of the Blues national contest winner, will headline in July. Wrapping up the summer will see the return of “Entice” who has been one of the more popular entertainment acts at Friday Night Live over the years. Other entertainment will be announced in the near future.
Friday Night Live also helps local non-profits, schools, and church groups raise funds by allowing them to set up booths during the event to sell items. Jordan noted, “The event has gained great popularity with local non-profits and we generally sell out of vendor space by the middle of May. We restrict vendor food sales to only local non-profit organizations. However, we do allow other entities to sale non-food related items as long as they have a City of Madisonville business license. All vendor spaces are reserved on a first come, first reserved space and a limited number have access to power so I encourage potential vendors to not delay in getting their vendor application submitted.”
Information about the upcoming Friday Night Live series, and more information about renting vendor space, can be found by visiting the City of Madisonville’s website, www.madisonvillegov.com, and checking out the Friday Night Live page that is found under the Community Development tab.